Access to Higher Education Diploma (Digital Media)

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These courses are aimed at adults returning to education with an interest in design or digital media. Students join this course with a view to futher study on an honours degree.

This course will give you the opportunity to consider your creative specialism and develop the skills, techniques and confidence you will need for degree level study.

You will learn digital media principles through practical studio projects and workshops, lead by teaching and industry professionals. You will experiment with ideas and technology in order to create a unique portfolio of work that is interview ready. As well practical design skills you will develop work and study skills that will set you on the right track for higher education.

You will have the advantage of studying in a higher education environment with access to industry standard equipment and software.

You should consider this course if you have a broad interest in film, production, animation or sound design. Most of our students go on to study a degree course, with many staying on at Ravensbourne.

You will receive practical guidance throughout your Access course and help in selecting the right degree, including interview preparation and how to best present your portfolio and showreel.

Please note Access to HE courses are not available to International Students requiring a Tier 4 visa.

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Course details

Further Education


1 year part time

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Validating body
Open College Network, London (OCN)

Entry requirements

The course is taught Tuesday and Thursday evenings 6-9pm. And, Saturdays from 9am-5pm (subject to change).

No formal qualifications are required. Applications will be considered on a case by case basis through an interview, to assess applicants’ skills and enthusiasm to return to education.

Please note: There is a fee payable by under 19s on this course

The deadline for applications to this course is 31 July 2018.



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What your course will look like


The majority of students on this course progress onto broadcasting and media-related degree courses at Ravensbourne. If you decide to go directly into work, we’ll help you to find opportunities.

Stage 1 – Introductory

Your first stage focuses on the core disciplines of digital media through:

  • Contextual studies
  • Digital image production
  • Drawing, recording and research techniques

You will explore the following subject areas:

  • Animation
  • Broadcasting
  • Digital photography
  • Film and video

This will help you develop a sense of where your skills and interests lie so that you can confidently choose the next stage of the course.

Stage 2 – Developmental

You will deepen and develop your specialist knowledge within your chosen subject area. This will enable you to plan your next steps in entering higher education or your chosen career path.

We will encourage you to look and work beyond narrow definitions, and to collaborate with staff and students from other disciplines. During this stage you will also develop a proposal for a final specialist project of study.

Stage 3 – Specialist

During the final stage, you will under-take and complete a major seven-week project, reflecting on your chosen specialist area and your planned progression path. This project will culminate in a public exhibition of your work.

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